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10 February 1968
|Other names||Laurence Foel|
Laurie Foell (born Laurence Foel on 10 February 1968) is an Argentinian-born Australian actress. She is best known for her portrayal of both Angela "Angie" Russell and her cousin Josie, in the successful Australian television soap opera Home and Away. Foell also starred as Dr. Justine Jones in the long running New Zealand hospital soap Shortland Street.
Home and Away
Foell first appeared in Home and Away in 1999 in a small role playing Kelly McCane. She returned to the show in a different role as the conniving and psychotic super-bitch Angie Russell in September 2002, when the show's ratings were slipping. Her character quickly became one of Australia's favourite villainesses with many fans referring to her six months on the show (ending in April 2003) as the "Angie Era". The storylines revolving around her – ultimately ending in her murder, and subsequent investigation – are credited with giving the show a resurgence in popularity.
Half a year later, viewers were shocked with the revelation in the 2003 season finale that new girl Tasha (played by Isabel Lucas) was Angie's daughter – a move which led to Foell returning to the show briefly as Angie in 2004 as visions haunting Tasha. Then in a Twin Peaks-style move, she returned to the show in August 2004 in a new role as Angela's cousin Josie, whom she played until June 2005.
In 2005 she appeared in a six week recurring guest role on Shortland Street as Justine Jones, an ambitious career driven doctor hired to assist Dr. Chris Warner (played by Michael Galvin) with the Plastics Unit. Justine used her position to undermine Chris and eventually stole the contract away from him and took it to Australia. In July 2006, Laurie Foell reprised her Shortland Street role full-time, with Justine being controversially given a senior surgeon role at the hospital.
It was announced on Wednesday 22 November 2006 that Shortland Street would replace Foell in the role of Justine Jones with actress Lucy Wigmore. South Pacific Pictures, which makes the show, said Foell's departure was a "mutual decision by the actor and the producers". There was some speculation into the details of this due to anonymous postings on a fan website, which suggested the departure was less than mutual. Shortland Street producer Jason Daniel said Justine Jones was a popular character, central to both current and upcoming storylines, hence the decision to recast the role, a first for the kiwi soap opera.
Foell's other acting credits include a starring role in the New Zealand soap opera City Life in 1996 and several small parts in various films.
|1986||The Fringe Dwellers||Waitress||Based on the novel (credited as Laurence Foel)|
|2001||Russian Doll||Eve Davenport|
|1995||Blue Murder||Pam Drury||TV mini-series|
|1996||G.P.||Jane Severen||1 episode – Brain Storm|
|1997||Big Sky||Pauline Davies||1 episode – Mac's Time|
|1998||Heartbreak High||Amanda Nicholls||1 episode|
|1998||City Life||Stephanie Cox||Regular cast member 1996–1998|
|1998||Tiger Country||Det. Sgt. Stephanie Wilson||TV movie|
|2000||Nowhere to Land||Flight Attendant Maggie||TV movie|
|2002||All Saints||Stacey Fowler||1 episode – Thicker Than Water|
|2002||The Vector File||Helen Burton||TV movie|
|2002||Don't Blame Me||Miss Crowley||1 episode – Greg Scores a Goal|
|2002||Home and Away: Secrets and the City||Angie Russell||(video)|
|2004||Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal 2004||Herself – Guest Panelist|
|2005||Home and Away||Kelly McCane/Angie Russell/Josie Russell||1999 – guest star, 2002–2003 – 6 months guest role, regular cast member – 2004–2005|
|2005||Great Food Live||Herself||1 episode|
|2006||Shortland Street||Justine Jones||regular cast member 2005–2006|
|2007||Reckless Behavior: Caught on Tape||Esther Richardson||TV movie|
- "Angie Russell character played by Laurie Foell". backtothebay.net. Retrieved 16 October 2010.
- "Josie Russell character played by Laurie Foell". backtothebay.net. Retrieved 16 October 2010.
- and away "official site – Home and Away". au.tv.yahoo.com. Retrieved 16 October 2010.
- "Shortland Street official site". tvnz.co.nz. Retrieved 16 October 2010.